Catalogue des Livres du Cabinet de M. De Boze.

One of 12, 25, 36, or 50 Copies

Catalogue des Livres du Cabinet de M. De Boze.

Engraved frontis. & an allegorical headpiece by J.M. Preisler after Ed. Bouchardon and an added engraved port. of De Boze mounted on the leaf facing frontis. 4 p.l., 332, xxxi pp. Folio, cont. Parisian dark blue morocco, triple gilt fillets round sides, spine gilt in compartments, broad inside gilt borders, doublures & endleaves of yellow watered silk, a.e.g. [Paris: Privately Printed at the Imprimerie Royale], 1745.

A famous private library catalogue, splendidly printed by the Imprimerie Royale, in an edition limited to 12, 25, 36 or 50 copies according to various bibliographers, and only distributed to friends of the collector. It is printed on fine “papier d’Annonay.” De Boze (1680-1753), was principally a numismatist who, as a young man, collaborated with the king himself in the Médailles du Règne de Louis le Grand (1702). Later he was in charge of the “Cabinet des antiques et des Médailles” of the Bibliothèque Royale and became a member of the Académie française (his membership entitled him to have this catalogue printed by the Imprimerie Royale). He was also one of the most important book collectors of his period, owning copies of the Gutenberg Bible (acquired after 1745), the Mainz Psalter of 1457, the 1462 Bible on vellum, several blockbooks including the Speculum, and three Grolier bindings, and an “almost complete” series of the editiones principes of the Greek and Latin classics, &c.

The catalogue was compiled by Jean Boudot II (1685-1754), Imprimeur du Roi, bookseller and bibliographer.

The portrait of Boze added to this copy is something of a mystery: it has not been added to any copy traced of the 1745 catalogue nor, indeed, to any copies of the 1753 catalogue. It is a reduced copy of André Bouys’s original engraving after his portrait of Boze. It must therefore be assumed that Boze’s heir, his nephew Claude-César Theyssier, had it newly engraved by Simonneau as a memento to his uncle and had it added to the above copy (his own?).

A magnificent copy from the collections of Comte de Lignerolles (his sale, III, 1894, lot 3257, “Superbe exemplaire, l’un des 12 tirés de format pet. in-fol.”); Maurice Escoffier (no. 155 in his private library catalogue, “Somptueux catalogue privé”); Jacques Millot (with the latter two’s bookplates); and Bernard H. Breslauer (Christie’s New York, 21 March 2005, lot 42). Preserved in a cloth box.

❧ Brunet, I, 1642. Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 424–“Volume très rare.” Peignot, p. 83–“Cette édition est précieuse et préférable à celle de Martin [of 1753]…elle contient, dit-on, des notices d’ouvrages qui ne sont point dans l’édition de Martin.” Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 233.

Price: $45,000.00

Item ID: 3431

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